Author: East Texas Review

$64 Million Awarded to Texas Crime Victims

Attorney General Ken Paxton announced today that the Crime Victims’ Compensation Program (CVC), which is administered by his office, provided $64 million in financial assistance to Texas crime victims and their families during fiscal year 2017, an increase of $16.8 million from 2016. The reimbursements covered out-of-pocket expenses as defined by Texas law. “The aftermath of violent crimes causes heavy financial, physical and emotional burdens for survivors and their families,” Attorney General Paxton said. “While no amount of money can lessen a crime victim’s pain, my office is committed to doing everything it can to assist Texans who face...

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Doty named president of National Association

Susan Doty has been named president of the National Association of Economic Educators. She recently was sworn in and received the official gavel at the 56th Annual Financial Literacy and Economic Education Conference held in Brooklyn, New York. Serving The University of Texas at Tyler since 2009, Doty is a senior lecturer in economics in the Department of Social Sciences. She also directs the Center for Economic Education and Financial Literacy. “I am honored to have the opportunity to share best practices for teaching economics and personal finance with my colleagues from around the country. Serving nationally allows me...

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Cornyn Statement on Justice Department Grant Announcement for Texas State University

Grant Comes as Part of Cornyn Law U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) released the following statement after the U.S. Department of Justice announced a $5.4 million Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) grant for Texas State University’s Advanced Law Enforcement Rapid Response Training (ALERRT) Integrated Response Training Program. This federal grant stems from Sen. Cornyn’s Protecting Our Lives through Initiating COPS Expansion (POLICE) Act, signed into law on July 22, 2016, which allows local law enforcement and other first responders to use COPS grants to train and better prepare for active shooter situations. The law encourages departments to use programs...

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Repeats are Neat

Repeats are Neat Children’s Consignment Event will be held at the Longview Exhibit Building, November 16-19, 2017. Shoppers get great deals on gently used, good quality children’s items. Admission to shop is free. Participants can consign their children’s items for a 70% commission. Volunteers who help run the sale get the opportunity to shop first. Donations after the sale benefit local agencies and children. Thursday is Receiving Day only, 10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. Public sale hours are: Friday, November 17 – 7:15 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Saturday, November 18 – 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Sunday, November 19...

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Cornyn, Whitehouse Introduce Bipartisan Prison Reform Bill

–U.S. Senators John Cornyn (R-TX) and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) today introduced the Corrections Oversight, Recidivism Reduction, and Eliminating Costs for Taxpayers In Our National System (CORRECTIONS) Act, which is based on successful criminal justice reforms from states like Texas and Rhode Island that have lowered recidivism rates, reduced crime, and saved taxpayer dollars. Senator Mike Lee (R-UT) is an original cosponsor of the legislation. “Texas has successfully implemented reforms that have reduced recidivism rates and saved taxpayer dollars,” said Sen. Cornyn. “The CORRECTIONS Act builds off this model by fostering partnerships with faith- and community-based organizations to help better...

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